regulation Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “regulation” in the English Dictionary

"regulation" in British English

See all translations

regulationnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌreɡ.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/
B2 an ​officialrule or the ​act of ​controlling something: safety/​health/​traffic/​fire/​security regulations The ​correctprocedure is ​laid down in the rules and regulations. government regulation ofinflation
More examples


uk   us   /ˌreɡ.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/
according to the ​rules or the ​usual way of doing things: businessmen in ​their regulation ​pinstripesuits It's regulation to ​wearsuits at the ​office. a regulation ​footballpitch
(Definition of regulation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"regulation" in American English

See all translations

regulationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌreɡ·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/
biology [U] the ​chemical and ​nerveprocesses that ​allowpeople to ​adjust to ​changes in themselves and ​theirenvironment so that they can ​continue to ​live
the ​rules or ​systems that are used by a ​person or ​organization to ​control an ​activity or ​process, or the ​action of ​controlling the ​activity or ​process: [C] federalsafety regulations [U] She ​favorsgovernment regulation of health-care ​systems.
(Definition of regulation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"regulation" in Business English

See all translations


uk   us   /ˌreɡjəˈleɪʃən/
[C] LAW, GOVERNMENT an ​officialrule or ​law: They are ​introducing new ​policies and regulations for ​e-commerce. environmental/​safety/ ​import regulations There are far too many rules and regulations.
[U] LAW, GOVERNMENT the ​activity of ​checking that a ​business is ​followingofficialrules or ​laws: This affects the ​operation and regulation of the ​accountingprofession. They are looking at the ​replacement of ​government regulation by self-regulation and ​marketmechanisms.

regulationadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˌreɡjəˈleɪʃən/ WORKPLACE
used to describe ​official clothes or ​equipment used by ​people in a particular ​type of ​work: All ​flight attendants are ​required to ​wear regulation ​uniform. Security ​staff are ​issued with regulation ​kit.
(Definition of regulation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of regulation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


(a plan showing) the subjects or books to be studied in a particular course, especially a course that leads to an exam

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More